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Samuel Courtauld (1720 - 1765) A Large George III Tankard of American Interest

London, 1766
Maker’s mark of Samuel Courtauld

Height: 18 cm, 7 in.
Width: 20 cm, 7.87 in.
Weight: 1210 gr., 38.9 oz.

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Silversmith Biography

The Courtaulds were the longest-lived dynasty of Huguenot goldsmiths in eighteenth-century England. Samuel was apprenticed to his father, Augustine, from 1734 to 1741 and was subsequently employed in the workshop as a journeyman. Upon his father's retirement in 1746 he took over the business and entered his first mark. In 1751 the firm moved from Chandos Street, near St. Martin's Lane, to more prestigious quarters at 21 Cornhill, facing the Royal Exchange. Courtauld was elected to the livery of the Goldsmiths' Company in 1763. His known works range from plain domestic plate to elaborately decorated works in the manner of Paul de Lamerie. He was succeeded by his widow, Louisa, who entered into partnership in or before 1772 with George Cowles.


Of baluster body embossed with a rococo asymmetrical cartouche, scrolling elements, and hop vines. The foot decorated with a wave pattern encircled by more hop vines. The scrolling handle adorned with an acanthus leaf.

Inscribed “David Talman of New Haven Ct born at Woodbury August 1st, 1770,” this tankard was likely to have been gifted to mark the Christening of David Talman (1770 – 1834). That this opulent tankard was commissioned by the English maker Samuel Courtauld to be gifted to an American family suggests a wealthy commissioning patron. Samuel Courtauld produced many pieces of great importance in the rococo style.

The colony of New Haven, Connecticut, was established in 1637 by religious colonists of wealth and high respectability. David Talman is a descendant of Peter Tallman (circa. 1623 – 1708); originally from Hamburg, Germany. Peter Tallman journeyed to the West Indies in 1647 and subsequent generations settled in New Haven, Connecticut. The New Haven settlers were the most affluent company which had come to New England.

A Large George III Tankard of American Interest (1720 - 1765) Reference: 23811